Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-07-29 05:37:16 –
On July 24, 2021, the Coast Guard crew rescued 15 sailors on a disabled 72-foot sailing vessel Lucky, 26 miles east of Makapuu Point, Oahu. (WPC 1124) and Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat-Medium has successfully towed a ship to Honolulu Harbor. (Matthew West / US Coast Guard)
(Tribunnews.com) — Early Saturday morning, the Coast Guard rescued 15 sailors on a lucky 72-foot sailing vessel that participated in the 2021 trans-Pacific yacht race. The ship was found 26 miles east of Makapuu Point.
“The evolution of towing involves risks,” said Ensign Michael Maisenger, Head of Operations at Cutter Oliverberry. “With 30 knots of wind and 10 feet of sea, we were able to establish a tow with Lucky and safely return to Honolulu.”
He attributed their success to constant training and preparation.
Honolulu observers in the Coast Guard sector were notified of the situation on Friday at 1:32 pm. When the rudder was disabled, the ship began drifting towards Oahu.
The people on board were not in imminent danger, so the Coast Guard towed Lucky and the sailors to Honolulu at 6:45 pm, bypassing Cutter Oliverbury.
They arrived just outside Honolulu at 2:30 am on Saturday, and the towing was done by a 45-foot response vessel at Honolulu Station.
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